5 Elements of a Real Apology

Have you ever tried to apologize for something you did wrong? Maybe you even spoke out the words, “I am sorry.” Yet you still wonder if your “sorry” was a “good enough” apology. What, then, is a real apology?

Here are 5 elements of a genuine apology, according to Gary Chapman:

1. Expressing regret (‘I am sorry’)
2. Accepting responsibility (‘I was wrong’)
3. Making restitution (‘What can I do to make it right?’)
4. Genuinely repenting (‘I’ll strive not to do that again’)
5. Requesting forgiveness (‘Will you please forgive me?’)

–Gary Chapman and Jennifer Thomas,??The Five Languages of Apology??(Mo0dy, 2008).

Via @Dane Ortlund.

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